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>> dana: bob, quick. what have you got? >> bob: i have nothing. i am a liberal. i will save it for next week. it's a trump dump. >> dana: set your dvr so you never miss an episode of "the five" ." >> bret: this is a fox news alert. i am bret baier in washington. we have a very special interview for you tonight, the president of egypt, abdel fattah al-sisi. we will talk to him about isis, about troubles in his region, about the way forward in the fight against radical islam, and about his meeting with president trump over recent days. an interview with the president of egypt in moments, but we have a lot of news in washington. i turned to my colleague james rosen in the washington bureau. >> thank you. president trump said the horrific chemical attack against civilians in syria across a redline.
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what the commander-in-chief did not say is what he'll do about it. the carnage in syria topped the agenda in the talk today with king of jordan. john roberts has the details. >> good evening to you. over the past couple days, the president has used different words to describe the gas attack in syria. unspeakable, an affront to humanity, unacceptable. the question is, what will he do to respond? president trump today said the image of innocent civilians, particularly children and little babies killed and suffering so badly in the syrian gas attack, hit him very hard. in a press conference with jordan's king abdullah, the president said his entire approach towards syria may be changing. >> the attack on children yesterday had a big impact on me, big impact, and i will tell you it's already happened that my attitude toward syria and assad has changed very much. >> white house policy had been that regime change in syria was not a priority and that pushing
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aside president bashir al-assad could result in more problems than syria currently has. in 2012, president obama famously declared it would cross a redline if syria used chemical weapons. today president trump was even more strident. >> when you kill innocent children, innocent babies, that crosses many, many lines beyond a redline. many, many lines. >> president trump has been critical of president obama for not following through on his redline threat when a sods regime killed people in a nerve gas attack. president trump assured the world the u.s. would take action, though he left it ambiguous. >> it took out militarily, i don't like to say where i'm going and what i'm doing. >> syria dominate the press but the two leaders discussed an offered by arab nations for middle east peace plan, one that
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would recognize -- >> i think he has the courage to be able to do this. >> i am working hard on trying to create peace between the palestinians and israel, and i think we will be successful. i hope to be successful. i can tell you that. >> before the press conference, the white house announced a shakeup at the national security council. the president removed his chief political strategist steve bannon from the nics principals committee per the white house said bannon's role was to make sure that michael flynn carried out a plan to depoliticize the council. in a statement to fox news, bannon said susan rice operationalized the nsc so i was put on nsc to make sure it was deoperationalized.
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with h.r. mcmaster in charge of a new streamlined nsa, the white house as there was no more need for bannon to be on the principals committee, though he still can attend nsc meetings when invited. in a phone call this afternoon, president trump waited on the allegations susan rice was behind the unmasking of officials caught up in intelligence reports. president trump telling fox news he believes susan rice may have committed a crime. >> john roberts fielding phone calls from the president of the united states. thank you. now back to my colleague, bret baier, and his exclusive interview with the egyptian president abdel fattah al-sisi. >> bret: thank you. mr. president, thank you for the time. >> i am the one thanking you. indeed, this is a great opportunity to speak to your channel, to the american people. estee won the last time we spoke was in cairo in march of 2015. since then, a lot has changed. you had a meeting with
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president trump in the oval office the other day. your assessment of this president, this administration, and your relationship. >> i first saw the campaign of his excellency, president trump. i listened to his speech about facing terrorism. he's a unique individual. and he will find great success. >> i fully trust the capabilities of president trump and i have full conviction that he can do things to exert effort then very few people can do. he can succeed in so many fields others cannot. i trust him wholeheartedly. i congratulate you.
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>> bret: i know you are one of the first foreign leaders to call and congratulate him, if not the first. what is the relationship between you two? >> i followed his announcements through his campaign. he has a very unique personality and administration. now i am speaking with full confidence of unprecedented success for him. a very direct, strong manner. very strong will to counter terrorism and extremism in the world. and that is a strong commitment from his excellency, the president, and in addition, i am supportive in full force facing
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terrorism. >> bret: you know his platform is to cut back in a number of different areas, one of them is foreign aid. egypt receives quite a lot of money from the u.s. currently. 8 billion and a half dollars in aid a year. did he talk about aid to egypt? >> all i can say in this regard is that his excellency the president promised to support egypt with very strong support. i trust his promise. >> bret: you were fighting a version of isaiah -- isis in t. >> if we compare the effort exerted in the past three years, 40 months, in which we started
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to confront the so-called isis in the beginning. now there is great progress and great success. but i always say terrorism takes a long time to get rid of it completely. confronting and countering terrorism among civilians is a very difficult thing. >> bret: when we last talked, you expressed concerns about some of the things the obama administration was choosing to do or not do. now the trump administration is establishing a different relationship. can you talk about the differences and what that means for egypt? >> that is true. there is a true understanding to the realities in the region and a seriousness and responsible actions in facing extremism and terrorism in the region. that's a wonderful thing indeed.
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>> bret: so it's very different. >> yes. >> bret: still, there are concerns from human rights groups in the u.s. about egypt's record and human rights, that there are tens of thousands of political prisoners. the human rights watch says it's not surprising president trump want to support it but congress has to step in and continue using its authority to limit u.s. support, given how serious the scale of repression and abuse is. how do you respond to the concerns about human rights and political prisoners in your country? >> i would like to say that i met with congress members and a great part of my day was a discussion, including the issue you just raised.
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we respect our citizens, and weak care for them and fear for them. and i would like to say, just as much as you like your citizens, we do. we also have to protect. the region is unstable and ideas and elements that are extremist living in our society, and so as we move in that direction, we should not harm our citizens. but also we have to maintain a balance between the actions to achieve stability, security, and preserve the state and on the other hand, human rights. >> bret: there are americans involved here.
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a humanitarian worker arrested in may 2014 on what many viewed as trumped up charges of trafficking and child abuse. did her name come up in your talks? is not going to get resolved? >> we always act within respect for the law in egypt, and the judiciary. whenever there is a case, according to the law and the constitution, we take action. the message we stress is we respect all citizens, egyptian citizens or egyptian citizens with an american citizenship or any other citizenship. i would reassure people. charges against her is using children in demonstrations.
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it is being looked into in the courts, and as soon as there is a verdict, it will be decided. i know how you are feeling and i appreciate it. >> bret: did you say the case is going to be wrapped up soon? >> as i said, it is being looked into in the courts. as i said, i highly appreciate your interest in it, and i am also interested in it. as soon as the courts issue a verdict, we will have an opportunity based on my authority as the president to act in a suitable way. >> bret: you understand there are some americans who are 100% behind egypt's efforts against radical extremists. and there are some americans who look skeptically at you as an auto cracked, if you will. -- auto autocrat, if you will.
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>> difference of opinion is normal and there's no full agreement among the human race. we are all human. those are though -- there are those who see things positively and others who don't see at the same way. the person sitting from you has a year, a couple months more. his term will be over. a dictator, they stay for years. it is the will of the people. that's not the case in egypt. we don't have that anymore. we have for years, and if the people except, maybe four more. there is true change in egypt. the egyptian people will not accept to have a president
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against their will. in egypt, there is no chance for anything other than law, constitution, elections, specified length of term, and that's it. >> bret: how would you describe your relationship with your gulf allies, specifically saudi arabia? >> it's a strong relationship. they are not friends. they are brothers. truly. in the area of gulf. i reiterate that the security of the gulf region is part of egyp egypt's security and the arab national security is one and whole. this is something that does not change. >> bret: unifying aspect seems to be a concern about the region and the actions of different players. obviously hezbollah but iran overall. if something happened that was
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devastating in the region, what would egypt do? >> in our arab region, we can in our capabilities, we can achieve the arab national security. however, do not forget the region is an unstable region and the reality is a difficult one. >> bret: one of your concerns has been libya and the unstable nature of that country. do you think it's time to call for united nations peacekeepers in libya so that egypt doesn't carry the load of security there? or do you think the u.s. should be doing more inside libya? >> when we say have not use the resources available, we need the
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support of national armies. over two years ago, i asked them to lift the embargo on arming the army or at least look at certain aspects to provide them with equipment to perform their task. so far, that hasn't happened. let's move forward and assist the national army take the task in performing the mission. if the libyans need and except to have peacekeeping forces, then we will not hesitate at all to assist our brothers in libya. having no extremism, extremists or having the libyan people captive to these armed extremist groups is something that we
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offer full support, and that is egypt's stance. >> bret: if the u.n. or u.s. doesn't step up inside libya, do you think that russia will? >> we would like to move positively because this is our region. the region does not have more room for instability. the more vacuum we have, the more danger. now there is competition, isis in syria and iraq. those fighters who are running away from that country, they are moving to libya. what is going to happen with them? are they going to settle in libya? from there, they are going to start a tax on the neighboring countries? we don't want a delay in our response. >> bret: my question is about russia's actions inside syria. could they be inside libya, and
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what is your overall perception of russia in the region? i know you've had some interaction with russia and vladimir putin. >> i always said when there is a vacuum, i insist on calling it extreme groups. who brought the element and extremist groups from all over the world and made them available in syria? who did that? did the syrian regime do it? we have to speak in clear terms. and we have to speak as one as we confront terrorism. >> bret: do you think russia is doing that? >> russia has interests in syria and the region and i think they are defending their interests. >> bret: do you think the vacuum left by the obama administration enabled russia to take a greater foothold in your region? >> many things over the last
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four years occurred and caused many, many problems.that's a fa. the region is paying a heavy price for that, not just syria. the entire region is paying the price. >> bret: and you hope to turn that around. with the u.s. or without the u.s.? >> it can't happen without them. >> bret: last thing. what keeps you up at night? >> the egyptian person. simple egyptian citizen. we have a large number in our population. our economic conditions are difficult, and we need to work hard and do a lot of effort to achieve a reasonable standard of living, not a luxurious standard but just an average life, nothing more.
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this is something that's very important for you here in the united states to look at in egypt. there are 93 million citizens that i want to protect. >> bret: mr. president, we appreciate your time. on behalf of fox news, thanks for sitting down with me again. i will send it back to our washington bureau and james rosen. >> thank you. when we come back, deal or no deal? the senator prepares to go nuclear over the struggle to find common ground on getting rid of obamacare. your insurance company raises your rates... maybe you should've done more research on them. for drivers with accident forgiveness, liberty mutual won't raise your rates due to your first accident. liberty mutual insurance. dry mouth can affect how your mouth feels and how you feel. discover act dry mouth, specially formulated to soothe and moisturize your mouth.
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senate republicans are standing firm in their threat to go nuclear to choke off a democratic filibuster against president trump's supreme court nominee. chief congressional correspondent mike emanuel is on capitol hill. >> the show down on the senate floor is due to start tomorrow. democrats are expected to filibuster the nomination of judge neil gorsuch to serve on the supreme court. during majority leader mitch mcconnell to use the so-called nuclear option. mcconnell called democrats opposing gorsuch "pure politics." >> it doesn't matter who this president nominates. the democrats are determined to launch a filibuster. >> merkley spoke for 15 hours and 28 minutes before wrapping up this morning.
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he reiterated the complaint that president obama supreme court nominee never received consideration. >> we are considering a nominee for a stolen supreme court seat, and that alone should be reason for everyone who cares about this institution to turn down this nominee and convey to the president that the only legitimate nominee for this open seat is merrick garland. >> on the house side, there's been a serious push by vice president mike pence and top officials to revive the republican health care package to see if it could be passed before easter recess. after a late-night meeting, the chair of the conservative freedom caucus said there is no deal. >> we have not seen any text at this particular point. i think there is still some parameters of what would be in the text, and that is still being discussed. openly among leadership and the
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committees. >> today top congressional leaders tried to buy some time. >> i think consensus on the timetable, no need to rush. we had an ideal calendar in front of us which was to have this process through the system in april. it was a calendar i laid out for 2017 that clearly has room to breathe. we are in the breathing room. we've got time to figure this out. >> after a lot of pressure, perhaps time for cooling off. some sources suggest allowing lawmakers to go home and hear from their constituents could help provide a sense of urgency and then perhaps leaders will be able to round up the final votes they need. >> james: mike emanuel, thanks. stocks were off today. dow lost 41. s&p 500 gained 7. nasdaq dropped 34. the navy is grounding its fleet of training jets one day after a fox news exclusive report on instructor pilots refusing to fly because of problems with the
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planes oxygen systems. navy spokesman tells fox news a safety pause will allow leaders to engage with pilots about the issue. a d.c. air national guard jet crashed today in maryland. the pilot safely ejected with no injuries on the ground. officials say the path that was on a training mission when the aircraft experienced mechanical issues. the pilot flew into a wooded area to protect the community. unmanned aerial vehicles, better known as drones, our effective life now. they have all sorts of interesting and helpful uses. fox news has its own fleet, but so do people with dubious intentions. brian yannis reports from new jersey. >> iraqi forces take aim at and isis drone. the u.s. military says scenes like this have become more frequent over the last six months. as many as 30 encounters with them a week. isis is using commercial drones
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to drop grenades from above or surveil coalition troop movements. though drones are inexpensive and accessible. isis propaganda videos encouraged drone attacks worldwide and now some experts question whether the u.s. is prepared for that. >> we don't have this type of technology, both the detection and countermeasure technology, in place yet. >> the use of drones by terrorists is fueling a counter industry. dozens of companies have started up, like drone shield, which offers a drone gun, a signal jammer, or allows the operator to land safely. too small to detect on radar, drone shield can detect them by sound. >> we listen for the sound of a drone approaching. highly effective technology. we separate the sound of the drone from the clatter. >> the company say their biggest companies is the u.s. military
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which continues to put out calls for new research to defend against drones, awarding $80 million to companies in february. of particular concern is the ability to stop a swarm of drones. >> nightmare scenario could be 20, 25 of these drones that you can buy over-the-counter that have been weaponized with explosives that you can put on a timer with a gps coordinates. a military base or a nuclear facility. >> this is a look from our fox news drone. counter drone companies telus prisons, stadiums, as well as others say they are interested in this technology but that current regulations prevent anyone from anyone other than the federal government from taking down a drone. they are considered aircraft. >> james: brian, thank you. the man consider the second
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biggest drug kingpin in u.s. custody has been sentenced to life in prison. he is said to be responsible for importing multitone quantities of cocaine and methamphetamine into the u.s. he was once aligned with joaquin guzman. north korea's latest missile test will give president trump and his chinese counterpart plenty to talk about when there to meet tomorrow. the u.s. wants china to rein in the north koreans without much indication of what washington can do if china doesn't comply. here is rich edson from the state department. >> two days before their first meeting, north korea fired another missile. behavior that officials say the presidents will discuss at their summit tomorrow and friday. the state department says second rex tillerson will join president trump and his meetings. department officials say north korea's weapons development are in urgent and
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global threat and will be a key agenda item for the u.s.-china discussion. respondent, the secretary said "north korea launched yet another intermediate range ballistic missile. the united states has spoken enough about north korea. we have no further comment. ">> the statement was a bit perplexing but i think it was probably designed to keep the north koreans on edge. to keep options on the table. >> trump administration has pushed china to use leverage over north korea to pressure her to halt its weapons development. >> the united states has seen china, for 25-plus years, say they are concerned about north korea but we haven't seen them act like it. >> china has condemned some north korean actions and as punishment suspended coal imports from north korea. however, it has resisted for their economic measures. a chinese government spokesperson denied any link between north korea's latest missile launch in this week's summit in florida.
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>> translator: i can't see any obvious connection between these events. >> the president has said either china will help solve north korea or the u.s. will. the president also said trade could be an incentive for china to pressure north korea. though there are questions about how much the u.s. is willing to disrupt its economic relationship with china. james. >> james: rich edson at the state department. egypt's president on the middle east, isis, and working with president trump. our all-star panel response to bret baier's exclusive interview on the other side of this break.
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>> working very, very hard on trying to finally create peace between the palestinians and israel. and i think we'll be successful. i hope to be successful. >> an early engagement by the president and his team to the israelis and palestinians to be
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able to see what he can do to bring them together. it is the core conflict for a lot of us in the region. the president understands the nuances and challenges. i think he has the courage and dedication to be able to do it. >> james: comments from president trump and jordan's king abdullah in the rose garden today about the interest and aptitude of the man who authored "the art of the deal" tackling what many regard as one of the toughest, most elusive deal. the israeli-palestinian conflict. in his interview with the egyptian president abdel fattah al-sisi, bret baier raised this subject. >> do you think the long aspired to goal of some kind of deal can happen? >> it's a good opportunity to resolve it, even given the conditions we are living at the current times. we are prepared, as arab countries, that there will be
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forces to maintain the safety and security of the israeli and palestinian citizens. i can imagine a european country or even the united states would hesitate with forces to achieve it. for us in egypt, we are doing a lot of effort with the second and third generation, holding a lot of conversations with the palestinians to spread the idea, to accept the other and live with the other in peace and security. there is true opportunity for peace if the administration of president trump succeeds to solving, it will change the face of the entire region. >> bret: do you believe president trump can do that big of a thing? >> i fully trust the capabilities of president trump, and i have full conviction he can do things to exert efforts
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that very few people can do. >> james: let's bring in our panel. charles lane, mercedes schlapp, and syndicated columnist charles krauthammer. the interview with the egyptian president covered so much on so many topics. one atmospheric thing that leaps out at me is the extraordinary degree of confidence that both the egyptian president and the jordanian king expressed in president trump, saying he can do things no one else can do. and then there was what we just heard from the egyptian president speaking to bret baier, saying that essentially the united states and egypt should be willing to put boots on the ground in order to secure some kind of israeli-palestinian peace agreement. >> so interesting, al-sisi's answer, he was essentially saying the arab state, after 70 years, are ready for a deal.
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they are tired of the palestinians. he won't say this, but this is the truth. and the big threat is not israel to the sunni arabs. it is iran. they are prepared to make peace tomorrow but they are hostage to the palestinians. did you hear what he said? he said we are talking with the palestinians, the second and third generation, meaning here we are 60, 70 years later after the initiation of the conflict trying to convince the palestinians that they need to live in peace with the other. that's the core of the conflict for the arab states are ready to go. the palestinians are not. they have not accepted the idea of dividing the land. in the absence of that, they cannot make peace. i don't think trump can pull a rabbit out of a hat. it is all up to the persuasive powers of the arab states to somehow bring the palestinians aboard. i think, and i'm sure al-sisi
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thinks, the palestinians aren't ready. if they aren't, this will go nowhere. >> james: presumably when president al-sisi tells us he is talking to the palestinians, what he means is he is talking to fattah in the west bank and not hamas. in the rose garden today, president trump said his attitude towards bashir al-assad has changed "very much." mr. trump wasn't explicit but seem to indicate that this white house is no longer inclined to tolerate a side remaining in power in syria, fueling the comments of yesterday's chemical attack. >> crossed a lot of lines for me. when you kill innocent children, innocent babies, babies, little babies, with a chemical gas that is so lethal, people were
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shocked to hear what gas it was, it crosses many, many lines beyond a redline. many, many lines. i have responsibility and i will have that responsibility and carry it proudly. i will tell you that. >> james: chuck lane, the president employing the redline terminology that was so ill-advised for his predecessor. do we see a major policy shift? >> we saw a shift from the signals his own administration was sending only a few days earlier. senior officials signaling they might accept the perpetuation of the assad regime that had always been u.s. policy that assad had to go. >> james: at least since 2011. when president obama first started saying assad moscow. >> there is a concern, i would think, that that was interpreted in damascus as some kind of
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signal that they could get away with horrible attacks like these. now the president saying no, no, no. if you thought that, you thought wrong or he's going to have to go through a real rethink about a lot of things because this sarin gas, if that's what it was, it's a violation of agreement brokered with the help of russia. this implicates russia and the whole plan that somehow we can work with russia against terrorism, this episode exposes that when you get into bed with russia, you are getting into bed with assad. somebody who does chemical weapons. >> james: comments in new york today by our ambassador to the united nations. nikki haley. >> if russia has to influence in syria that it claims to have, we need to see them use it. how many more children have to
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die before russia cares? when the united nations consistently fails in its duty to act collectively, there are times in the life of states that we are compelled to take our own action. >> james: mercedes, this isn't the first time we have seen ambassador haley speak in .2 about russia. does it portend some splits between her and the president she serves on russia? >> i don't believe so. i think you see these changing events, what we've seen in syria. the president is rethinking his policy towards syria. this is a president who doesn't necessarily want to be involved in any military action in syria but understands there's actions that need to be taken paired one of the things they need to do would be possibly tightening sanctions in russia. shaming european allies to say
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we need to have more sanctions on russia that would impact the syrian government as well. this is a time i think for president trump, he's recognizing this is a greater challenge. i think nikki haley plays a little more of the bad cop role in pointing out russia's atrocities. it is clear that these children's blood is on the hands of assad and putin. these regimes are working together and the united states will need to find a way not only in the international community. it is not just being critical and calling out, condemning the actions, but really figuring out a way to bring assad down. i think senator marco rubio was clear today, being critical of the trump administration and basically saying what tillerson said, that assad would be acceptable, testing should there be a shift in policy? >> james: let's hear what king abdullah of jordan said.
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>> this is another testament to the failure of the international diplomacy to find solutions to the crisis. i believe under your leadership, we will be able to unravel this complicated situation. >> james: a lot of these arab gulf leaders seem to express great confidence in president trump. panel, stay right where you are. next up, palace intrigue involving steve bannon, susan rice, and ivanka trump. does it get any better than that? stay with us. your rates won't go up just because of an accident. smart kid. indeed. it's good to be in, good hands.
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>> phone call this correspondent this afternoon. president trump waited on the allegations that susan rice was behind, the unmasking of trump officials who are caught up up in intelligence reports.
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resident trump for telling fox news he believes that susan rice may have committed a crime. the real question we need to ask susan rice's did the president direct you to eavesdrop and sift through all the mountains of intelligence we have? >> there's eventually going to be a law produce that will have susan rice, how many times she logged in and whose information she looked for. and this takes a while. i can't look at it. >> how likely is it that mrs. rice would be testifying? >> i think it be almost inevitable. >> republican lawmakers beating the brake drums for or obama and a national security advisor susan rice to be hauled before congress to testify about her role in the unmasking of trump associates that have appeared and classified intelligence reports, some of which data has been linked to the news media apparently in violations of federal statutes. at the same time as you saw, president trump telling our chief white house correspondent john robison in a direct phone call today that he believes rice
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may have committed a crime. ambassador rice we should point out has not been formally accused of any crimes and has denied wrongdoing. were back with the panel. mercedes, do you see this clamor for susan rice to testify on the hill and apparently she is named in the emerging witness list for the house intelligence community investigation, developing strength as the days accrue? >> absolutely. i think what you're saying from susan rice at the fact that there were two sets of answers aired on pbs trees as i know nothing and all of a sudden we start to recognize the fact that she did unmasking american identity. there were many questions surrounding this. this is the role of the fbi to investigate american citizens, they believe they are foreign agents are involved in some sort of crime, while at the national security advisor be involved in this situation and specifically ask for the unmasking of this american citizen? these are questions that need to be answered and you also know that this is happening when you have many in the mainstream media or in the liberal media basically, you saw david corn
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yesterday basically say that the reason they're bringing on or attacking susan rice are asking to testify is the fact that it's because it's a racist, sexist, opportunity that the republicans are moving on. i think that these are serious questions that need to be answered. >> ever since benghazi, when ambassador rice famously did the full monty ended the full ginsberg and did all five sunday shows and pressed a false narrative of the attacks and when she went on television to defend the honor and distinction with which she said that sergeant, no one court-martial had served this country, susan rice has emerged as a kind of favorite target of attack for conservatives. is she being unfairly maligned in your review in the current scenario? >> the fact is we don't know a damn thing. were talking out of our hats about susan rice. we have one or two scraps of evidence.
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yes, she did unmask one person at least one time. we have no idea if it's one time or 50 times. we have no idea if this was incidental or unremarkable unmasking in order to understand the intelligence or whether the campaign on her part and the part of others to unmask people surrounding the president as a political weapon. speak what you believe she is being unfairly maligned? >> i'm saying as of now in the absence of evidence, all we can say is we don't know and we need to ask her questions. i think jumping to conclusions is wrong, it's an attack on susan rice or it's an attack on anybody on the republican side. it's because you should be compelled to testify in your view. >> i think she should be asked to. if she refuses, i think that would give us reason to believe there may be wrong doing. but as i say as of yet, we are speculating in the absence of any evidence. >> speaking of the national security council, some changes were announced to its
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composition today with chief travis just stephen bannon effectively removed from it. in a statement today, bennett returned the focus to this unmasking controversy saying "susan rice operationalized the nsc during last ministry should so i was put on nsc to make sure it was the operationalized." referring to the new national security advisor has nsc back to its proper function. chuck, despite the use of phrases that are new to my ears, does his removal from the nsc represent a kind of a demotion for him? what should washington insiders who love to play the parlor game of testing people's relative power status conclude from this about steve banning? >> reporting of bob coston my paper who points out that he had sources saying the whole reason bannon was there was not too
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operationalize anything that was to keep an eye on michael flynn. it's also necessary to have bannon there anymore. at least that's what they're putting out. i think mcmaster has from the beginning taken a job with at least the understanding of the condition that over time he would get to have his own people and his own shop. i see this in the context of mcmaster really true to his name mastering on the nsc shop and taking over the situation there. i think it's also part of the general shakedown cruise that's going on over at the white house and probably a sign of organizational stability. >> shakedown crew? >> is not what you call it when you go to nsc for the first time and get everything organized? they're getting themselves a little bit better organized them. bannon and the political eyes moving off the intelligence and joint chiefs coming into the nsc and is starting to look a little more conventional. something like that. >> a shakedown sound like what
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gangsters do to local merchants. >> maybe shake it up. isn't that a song? >> lastly, the president's daughter ivanka trump who has officially joined the federal government as a senior advisor to her father spoke to "cbs news" this morning about the role that she expects to play in the west wing. >> if being complicit as wanting to be a force for good and to make a positive impact on him, then i'm complicit. i hope time will prove that i've done a good job and much more importantly that my father and his administration will be the success that i know it will be. i think most of the impact i have over time, most people will not actually know about. >> mercedes, why did this interview? >> i have to tell you, ivanka trump is donald trump's most effective messenger. and you've seen donald trump suffer with his poll numbers, having ivanka trump out there
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talking about his message, i think it's a very positive step for this administration. >> that'll do it for the panel but stay tuned for a kicker that just might knock your socks off. (keyboard sounds)
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martha maccallum six list of interview with vice president pence begins right now. you won't want to miss it. >> breaking news in washington tonight. the president changes his tone as he takes on serious challenges on the world stage. with this choosing guard at the white house, what does the staff move really mean and how will they together tackle a brutal chemical weapons attack by a leader that the prior administration bout will be gone by now as north north korea fif another band missile test, the president gets ready to challenge the chinese president this weekend on why he has done nothing to stop them. and at home, questions about the legality of of unmasking american officials. president trump today stood side-by-side in the rose garden as he welcomed the